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Mr. Fischer discusses personal and educational background; his leadership of the North Coast Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, including relations with the commissioners and the statewide commission, the region's coastal development, including controversies over Bodega Harbor, Sea Ranch, and Christo's fence. His position in the Office of Planning and Research gives him insights into the Jerry Brown administration; he comments on the statewide land-use planning process and the controversy over the proposed Dow Chemical plant in Solano County (1977). He discusses his role as executive director of the California Coastal Commission, 1978-1985, including the declining quality of commission members, budget cuts under Governor George Deukmejian, increasing political pressures from Democratic legislators, offshore oil issues, and federal-state relations.
It is recommended that this oral history be cited as follows Michael L Fischer, Oral History Interview, Conducted 1992 and 1993 by Arm Lage Regional Oral History Office, Univeristy of California at Berkeley, for the California State Archives State Government Oral History Program.
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